Visas on arrival are very close to becoming a thing of the past, and that is because of the electronic visa system which more and more countries adopt. The Ugandan government took the decision of replacing the Uganda visa on arrival with the Uganda electronic visa. As a result, starting July 2016, a Uganda visa at the Entebbe airport was no longer available. People used to land there and get their visa, but now, every traveler who lands on the Entebbe airport and has not applied online for a Uganda e-visa will be sent back to the country of origin.
Until the Uganda electronic visa came to full effect, the visa on arrival system at the Entebbe airport was pretty inefficient. The facility was not as available as before, and delays used to occur pretty often. As it seems, the switch was necessary.
What can I do instead?
Lucky for you, there is even a better system in place nowadays. You can apply online before you leave for Uganda, and all you need to do is use the services provided by iVisa. You fill in an application form, you submit it, and then iVisa takes care of the rest. The company provides the fastest expedited visa processing on the market, and it beats going down to the nearest Ugandan embassy.
What are the requirements?
Uganda’s visa policy allows everyone to apply for a Uganda e-visa. Meeting the requirements should not be an issue. You need to provide some information and documents, and iVisa will take it from there. Here is what you need:
- Valid passport – all applicants must have a valid passport, and it needs to remain valid for at least another 6 months from your date of arrival in Uganda.
- Copy of your passport’s information page
- A passport-sized photo – as recent as possible
- Vaccination certificate for Yellow fever – if you are not vaccinated against Yellow fever, you will be subjected to vaccination when you arrive in Uganda. Some quarantine measures may be taken as well.
For the Uganda Transit visa, you will need a letter that states the reason for transit and the country of destination as well. The East Africa Visa also requires an itinerary and a return flight ticket.
Once you have everything you need, you can move on and fill in the application form. Here at iVisa, we care about your time, which is why we designed an application form that takes 15 minutes to complete. If you need some help or you have questions, you can refer to our support service that is ready to jump in 24/7.
The 3-step application form is very accessible. The first step asks you to fill in your personal information and choose a processing time along with the visa type you need. The second step requires you to revise the information you provided during step one and make the payment. You need to make sure that everything you put in during step one is entirely accurate. Mistakes are impossible to correct after your application reaches processing. As for payment, iVisa gives you something that an embassy does not, and that is the opportunity to use a means of payment that is most suitable for you. You can use a credit/debit card, a Paypal account, Alipay, or WeChat.
The last step will ask you to upload additional documents. This step may be different for some people because it depends on factors like who you are traveling with, there are minors, and so on. Even so, iVisa will notify you of everything you need to take care of.
Once you submit your application, you need to wait for your Uganda e-visa to arrive via e-mail in PDF format. Do not forget to print it out before you leave for Uganda. The document allows you a 90-day stay period inside the country, and you have a single entry. The East Africa visa comes with multiple entries. While a Uganda visa at the Entebbe airport may no longer be available, we think that iVisa comes up with a better, hassle-free solution. Don’t you think?